I’ve wondered why more agents aren’t sharing serendipities in the new Active Rain Serendipity group. I mentioned this to my brother in California, Bob Alders, and he immediately thought of a couple. His stories are not related to real estate, but maybe they'll prompt someone else to look back and see some - or better yet, to expect them.
Bob's story: In about 1971, after I had graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, I was working for a high-tech company where my job was to travel to customer's facilities and install our equipment. During one 5 week stint at a GE plant in up-state New York, I traveled over a weekend to Rochester to visit my sister Mary and her family.
Mary already had plans for some friends to come for dinner on Saturday night, so naturally I joined them. During dinner conversation, after Mary mentioned to the visiting couple that I lived in Austin, they mentioned that their daughter was going to school in Austin. After additional back and forth sharing, we discovered that I had dated their daughter several times.
And so we discovered this quirky connection between myself on an unplanned weekend trip 2500 miles from my home, and the parents of my friend at a serendipitous weekend dinner at my sister's home on the same evening I happened to be there also.
Bob’s story reminded me of a similar one. At a dinner in New York State where I didn’t know anyone but the host, on learning that I’d grown up in Texas, the person sitting next to me told me he’d just applied for a job in a college there. Further conversation revealed that he had applied to teach in the English Department at Stephen F. Austin State College, where I’d majored in English. Dr. Kallsen, a prof I remembered from several years before was the chairman to whom he had applied.
One thing leads to another. The lady sitting next to me on a train in Colorado turned out to have also been a student at SFA, with our time there overlapping by a couple of years.
We can't be the only ones this kind of thing happens to. Come share your stories.
For more, see www.TNTrICitiesHomes.com/marysblog, or the Serendipity group on Active Rain. A few of my many others are at www.TNTrICitiesHomes.com/serendipities. If you have a real estate need in Northeast Tennessee, especially Johnson City, let’s see what we have in common other than your need and my willingness to help you get what you want.